laravel shines in stackoverflow trends
Well for every newcomer most hard part is not learning, hard part is choosing right tools to do work. Well nobody can give you the right answer, it will always depend on requirements, preferences and much more details.
well, i am not here to tell you that use this tool to rule them all, but choosing framework which was more talked on popular programming forum would be right kind of choice.
following images are generated on StackoverFlow trends.
as from this image from which we can conclude laravel is most popular on stack overflow which is not surprising and ahead of all other framework.
this image we can see that all frameworks are somewhat more equal as of today, but given the age of laravel, it might shine more in the future